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FREMANTLE LIGHTRAIL NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017

 

How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

Roel Loopers

 

VISION FOR GREATER FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 26, 2017

 

East Fremantle Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail is Australia’s youngest Deputy Mayor. His impressive presentation at the Fremantle Network of the vision plan for the East Freo Leeuwing Barracks and foreshore showed why he was elected by his peers to the position.

A lot of water will flow under the bridges before the plans will be realised as the Defence Department owns the land and will have the final say after all, but at least the Town of East Fremantle is pro-actively involved in what must be one of the most significant development projects for the town and greater Fremantle.

McPhail said this was Fremantle’s day and Fremantle’s time and that the area is an emerging area for opportunity thanks to Fremantle Council, and it needs a regional big picture view.

He said the two major future visions for river foreshore development in the Perth metro area are the Leeuwin Barracks and the South Quay project, and he showed East Fremantle’s Port to Point Vision, all the way from Fremantle Port to Point Walter. It is about how we reconnect Fremantle to its foreshore McPail said.

He rightly pointed out that the South Quay project is a long way away still, while the Leeuwin development is imminent with land sales starting later this year, and said the East Street jetty area could be beautified by Fremantle Council before that.

Riverside Drive is old and needs to be realligned to accommodate the vision plans and the huge Leeuwin development that would see some 1,400 new residents moving into new apartment buildings, a new hotel, shops and large green open spaces for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

The vision showed two major 15-storey towers on the 14 hectare site plus 4-8 storey buildings spread among the large public spaces that will connect to river boardwalks.

It will require careful planning by the Town of East Fremantle and Mainroads to accommodate the additional vehicle movement along Preston Point Road and Riverside Drive as the majority of the new residents and visitors will be driving cars.

Michael McPhail is right that he sees this as a huge opportunity for Greater Fremantle and I believe it is essential for the two local councils and State Government to work together on a vision plan for the foreshore area from the Fremantle railway station all the way to Point Walter.

Roel Loopers

NIGHTINGALE PROJECT AT FREMANTLE NETWORK

Posted in community, development, fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2017

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I like the monthly Fremantle Network events a lot as they are always very informative and it’s good to stay up to date with what is happening in fab Freo.

Tomorrow Monday April 24 at 6 pm will be the next event upstairs at the National Hotel so come along. It’s free and drinks and food are available from the bar.

Dimitri Kapetas, from EHDO architecture will talk about the Nightingale Project at Wood Street.

Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. In other words, Nightingale promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.
https://www.ehdo.com.au/nightingale-freo/

Also speaking will be the very impressive Michael McPhail, the Deputy Mayor of the Town of East Fremantle (and Western Australia’s youngest!)

His passion for cities and making them better places for the people who live in them infuses everything he does.

The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.

Take part in the Fremantle Network events, meet new people, network, be informed and have your say about the future of Freo!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL NEWS

Posted in architecture, development, east fremantle, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

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I have received some great news about the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle from a well-informed source.

According to my source Saracen Properties is 99% on the way of purchasing the building from the State Government. The purchase and possession will be finalised within the next 90 days.

Saracen has appointed well-known Fremantle architect Michael Patroni from Space Agency to do the interior and exterior development of the old building as well as the development of the vacant land behind the building.

Saracen has developed a Conservation Management Strategy that has been endorsed by the Heritage Council of W.A. The CMS ties them to refurbishing the building within a certain time period.

The company will immediately stabilise and clean up the building once the contract has been signed, so the decay will be stopped, until planning approval has been received and conservation and building can commence.

Roel Loopers

DISGRACEFUL HERITAGE NEGLECT

Posted in fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

 

The disgraceful neglect of the beautiful historic Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle continues, which is unacceptable.

Every now and then we get to hear that a developer is taking over the building, but then nothing happens and the graffiti and neglect goes on.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk was very outspoken when she was in opposition, so now that she is a Cabinet Minister she has to talk to her colleagues and do something about the unacceptable eyesore urgently.

Next to the old hotel the former Lauder&Howard building is being developed respectfully, so it’s time to walk the talk Labor government!

Roel Loopers

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BARQUEING MAD

Posted in food, fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

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The lovely BARQUE restaurant in George Street, East Fremantle has closed its doors just days after receiving a very good review from feared West Australian food critic Rob Broadfield.

I had a very memorable birthday there years ago, of which I remember very little, but the food was great and the wine too plentiful. ; >(

I hear a famous WA chef will return from the Eastern States and start the Cook&Mason restaurant there.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NETWORK PRESENTS YOUNG AND NEW

Posted in architecture, community, fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

Next Monday the Fremantle Network presents Dimitri Kapetas of EHDO architecture, who are in the process of designing the first Nightingale Housing project in Fremantle at 29 Wood Street.

Nightingale Housing is a non-profit organisation formed by a group of leading Australian architects. It aims to create affordable housing models that are specifically designed to achieve environmental and social benefits for cities. It promotes the building of communities, not just market commodities.

Check out: https://www.ehdo.com.au/nightingale-freo/

The second speaker will be Michael McPhail, the the youngest Deputy Mayor of WA and the Town of East Fremantle.

Michael has a deep passion for cities and making them better places for the people who live in them.

The focus of his talk will be the future of the Leeuwin Barracks, and the impact this will have on the future of Greater Fremantle.

Originally educated as an urban planner, Michael now works for global real estate firm CBRE to market Perth’a next generation of apartment living.

As a Councillor, Michael’s key focus include ensuring meaningful community engagement in the redevelopment of Leeuwin Barracks and reimagining of East Fremantle Oval, leading East Fremantle’s push to ban single use plastic bags and championing the upgrading of East Fremantle’s exceptional foreshore.

The monthly Fremantle Network event is on at 6pm, Monday 24 April upstairs at the National Hotel.

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WHAT IS FAIR PAYMENT FOR MAYORS?

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on March 19, 2017

The Sunday Times reports today that seven out of the twenty-eight metropolitan mayors are ‘moonlighting’ and have other jobs.

Local government is not intended to be a full-time job for Mayors and Councillors but the workload is significant as I know from observing the huge number of hours Mayor Brad Pettitt and most Councillors spend on looking after Fremantle.

For the Freo Mayor it is a full-time job with additional local government work at the Heritage Council for which he annually receives $ 9,000 in addition to the Mayor’s payment of around $ 140,000. Correct me if I am wrong as I can’t find the exact amount.

But the City of Swan Mayor does only two days full time at council there and received nearly $ 140,000 per year, while Jim O’Neill, the Mayor of East Fremantle gets $ 43,000 for 25 hours a week and works another 45 hours per week as deputy-principal of the Willeton Senior High School.

I believe elected members should get properly paid as many of them spend the equivalent of full-time job hours on serving the community.

Roel Lopers

ROE 8 BRIDGE WALK PROTEST

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, politics, roe 8 highway, western australia by freoview on March 2, 2017

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There will be another protest against the Perth Freight Link and Roe 8, 9, 10 highway this Sunday March 5 at 10 am. It is organised by concerned North and East Fremantle residents who will be subjected to huge daily traffic congestion, pollution and noise if the highway and tunnel get built.

It will be a bridge walk to show the missing link in the flawed government process that will see traffic bottlenecking at the Stirling Bridge.

Meet at Sorrel Park in North Fremantle or Kitson Park in East Fremantle.

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HAVE A HAPPY FREO SUNDAY!

Posted in community, east fremantle, festival, fremantle, markets by freoview on December 4, 2016

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It looks as if it is going to be a nice mild Sunday so enjoy what is on offer around Fremantle.

The Growers Green big Christmas farmers markets is on from 8-12, so not only perfect for buying yummy fresh produce and breakfast but also for XMass presents.

The Bazaar at the Fremantle Arts Centre is open from 9.30 and sells local art and craft, so head out there as well.

Last but not least is the George Street East Fremantle Fair from 1-7 pm today. Great community atmosphere, live entertainment, food, Chrissie presents, just relaxing fun.

And after that take the kids to watch the sunset behind the Rainbow sculpture.

Roel Loopers

 

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